Its fascinating how people around you can have such a dramatic
influence on where you’re going in life. Its like being bounced around
in an invisible pinball machine without even knowing it.

I shudder to think what I’d be doing now if a certain person hadn’t
grabbed hold of me and liberally applied a cluebat to me over the
course of an 8 month internship in Intel. We’re still good mates and
after a night on the beer with him and his wife I found myself coming
home with a hangover,
and a fresh perspective on some things. You can’t beat that.

In other news, shopping for a car when you don’t already have a car
really sucks.


A nice little pile of books arrived from Amazon yesterday for
my birthday. Being a slow reader, that should keep me going
for a good few months :-)

The one I’ve started with, “Unlocking the Sky: Glen Hammond
Curtiss and the Race to Invent the Airplane”, was Tiemann’s
recommendation on Red
Hat’s summer reading list
. It seems to be a really good read
which appears at first glance to be totally unrelated, but actually
very relevant, to what we’re all doing here.